As suggested above, use the magic wand tool (under the quick selection tool) and make sure contiguous is pressed.
Once you have your selection, click select and mask. (fig 1)
Click on Invert to select the cat rather than the background.
Use the content aware brush to improve your seletion.
Set output to New Layer with Layer Mask. (fig 2)
You now have your selection on its own layer. I created a white layer below it bet I find it best to drag the seletion into the new background (fig 3)
As you have the layer mask on your selection you can play with it all you like by painting black or white on the mask.
While I was trying this I see you have posted that you want the background black.
Press D to turn you forground/background to default black and white. Where I put the white layer, just fill with the foreground colour.
Sold a Zenit E to buy the Pentax for the through the lens metering.
could watch this all day.
Bob Smith wrote:
I'm so lucky just to think only yesterday I was welding there.
May not have been your fault!
It was not the fault of the left or the right!
Curious little thing, nice shot.
Since the usual supurb edits have been done, I thought I'd have a play with masks and brushes.
In camera raw I gave it a kind of grungy look by upping the contrast, clarity and saturation.
Place a black layer over this and add a layer mask. Reduce the opacity to about 80% until you see the cat start to emerge.
Using a large soft brush bring the cats nose, eyes & mouth back. When you are happy, bring the opacity back to 100%.
Select a splash brush and with the brushes opacity at about 50%, dab in black on the mask to bring back the ears and other parts of the cat you want visible.
On a new layer, paint with the same brush the splashes using different parts of the cat for colours and varying opacities. Use the smudge tool to give them a motion effect. Since these are on their own layer you can adjust the opacity of the layer to get the effect you want.
Put a new layer under the mask layer and with a large, soft warm brush paint around the light areas and along the left side of the cheek. Change the blend mode to soft light and reduce the opacity of the layer to give a warm glow effect. If you need to remove any use a mask.
Using the colour you have just created, go back to the splash brush and add a few more splashes around the picture.
Save as jpg and post to UHH.
I go with jeep_daddy, my eyes went straight to the bruise.
I got a box like that with an SD card in it so it must be a universal issue.
Welcome to the forum.
Look at "All Sections" at the bottom of the page and click on the various specialist subjects that you are interested in. It will make your home page easier to navigate.
I think if I left the house without my D 800 with the 24 - 70 f2.8 attached I would tilt to one side, I am that used to carrying it.
I was about to use the gradient tool and I was looking for black>tranparency.
Go to the gradient tool and select the gradient picker (3rd from left).
If the gradient you require is not there, click on the gearwheel (settings) in the top right hand corner of the box and a dropdown menu will appear.
Click on Reset Gradients and the default gradients should reload.
Hope this helps.